08-21-2007, 03:52 PM
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Ok, I wish I could type out all the details but there is SOOOO much. Going back last fall I also had a 40 gallon set up below my 55 gallon and bought some really nice show guppies. First could of days they were doing fine and then day 3 or so they started looking poor, shimmying, red streaks in the tails, fin rot and eventually dying. Tested the water, tested great no ammonia though all the signs pointed to ammonia.
Bought some more guppies, only buying from reputable breeders. Same thing. Tried again this time doing it in both tanks and still again same demise. Throught the year I've tried again trying different things trying to rule out stuff. In the winter the 40 sprung a leak and I had to shut it down and set up the 20 gallon as a spare tank.
In both of my tanks I have two power filters each one being big enough to filter the tank alone but I figured two filters would be better than one since it would clean the tank better and have more current.
As far as plants to the 20 gallon is not planted. The 55 gallon has hornwort, duckweed, watersprite and a few bulb plants (can't ever remember their names). I did notice that the plants are going through a poor time when the guppies started getting sick this last time so there is some connection. The plants aren't as green and I'm having to do a lot of vaccumming to get out the extra dead leaves and stems but they are starting to look better. I don't know what happened to cause that. I don't fertilize my plants near enough usually about once or twice a month using the Kent fertilizer according to the directions.
The guy that I'm buying guppies from now is also trying to help me out and help me fulfill my dream of raising guppies succesfully. I've just ordered some more from him. They will go in my 20 gallon until I think the 55 gallon is safe to try again. I've also ordered new Ebo Jagar heaters that are on the way because the heater I have isn't very consistant and I'm trying to rule out everything as a possibility.
The decor I've had for years. I have a piece of drift wood on a slate that I've had for a very long time. I got it with the aquarium along with one of the rocks I have in there. I also have a couple of plastic stumps. I do have one small volcanic rock that my dad gave me that he found in Hawaii. Could that do anything bad? It's been in there about a year.
The problems with livebearers have been going on for the whole time I've lived in this house (9 yrs). I'm beginning to think that maybe our water just doesn't agree with them but that seems odd too. We have well water, out in the country. It's strange to me that I haven't lost one neon but still problems with the guppies. I don't mean to sound like a whinny baby about this but I'm determined to figure this mystery out. [/quote]